Stay Out of the Sun, or Else You'll Need Fraxel!

When the summer months come along, people flock to the beaches. Children love to play in the water and build sandcastles. Teenagers and adults like the water, but really enjoy going to the beach so that they can work on their tans. However, this is a dangerous thing to do.

People who've had too much sun exposure end up with hyperpigmentation that can often be fixed by Fraxel. So, what is Fraxel? It is a laser procedure that penetrates the upper layers of the skin to fix the damaged skin cells. Specifically, the Fraxel laser stimulates blood flow, and that increased blood flow makes the skin tissue start to repair itself faster.

Hyperpigmentation can even happen when a person chooses to tan through the artificial light of a tanning booth. Why can this happen? Because the ultraviolet radiation damages skin cells just like the rays of the sun do. The skin tries to protect itself against this light, and thus creates melanin. The melanin creates a mottled pigmentation.

This pigmentation problem can appear on the face, the hands, and the arms. It can really be a self-esteem problem, because the more serious cases can become quite noticeable. Women try to use concealer to hide this, but all the oil-based makeup does is seep into the pores and cause more problems.

Getting a tan doesn't only result in hyperpigmentation, it also results in premature wrinkling. You've probably noticed how people (such as people who love to go sailing) have skin that is tough in texture, ruddy in complexion. What happens is that the repeated exposure to the sun dries out the natural elasticity in the skin, and the skin thus begins to wrinkle.

Luckily, Fraxel can also erase wrinkles! So, what is the procedure itself like? Only a topical anesthesia is used in the area that the laser will be hitting, so the health risks that are associated with being fully under anesthesia are not present. The doctor will place protective glasses on the patient, and also wear protective glasses him or herself. The laser will be pointed at the area that needs to be fixed, and the procedure will commence.

This kind of procedure is still very new in the field of medical technology. Already, several different versions of lasers have been released, and the inventors are hard at work on improving the laser technology even further. The overall cost of this procedure, due to its effectiveness and newness, is expensive, so if you're considering this kind of procedure, make sure that you have the necessary funds. And no, the funds shouldn't come from your credit card, because you'll just end up having to pay high credit card fees.

The number of doctors performing this procedure is getting larger on a regular basis, so make sure that the doctor you choose is well-versed in the technology required to successfully complete the procedure. The procedure takes an hour or two, and the recovery time is minimal as well. Thus, it comes as no surprise that many patients choose this procedure for its convenience.

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